Stray : Shifters

  • by Rachel Vincent
  • Narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Series: Shifters
  • 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds."Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked."I'd been warned about Strays (werecats without a Pride) that are constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared."This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever and whoever I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays, 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them."


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Customer Reviews

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Loved it!

Loved this! And that surprised me for a couple reasons.

First, it very much mimics Kelley Armstrong's first two Otherworld books plotwise, at least initially. Luckily Vincent does have a very firm grip on her world and knows what to do with it, so by the end I was just taking things as they came.

Second, Faythe is a spoiled, thoughtless brat for the first half of the book. I just couldn't like her much. But looking back now it totally fits, so instead of being annoyed I'm actually pleased that the author decided to be real with her character. Given her environment it was unlikely that Faythe could have been a considerate sweetheart, so writing her that way would have been a cop-out on the author's part. It also made a better backdrop for the action-packed second half of the book, and leaves plenty of room for Faythe to grow in later books. (Which I hope we'll see!)

It's the second half of the book that made me love it -- I was all keyed up and couldn't stop listening. If you're a fan of the genre and you like suspense, hold on through the first half and the initial adventures of Little Miss User of Men -- the real story comes midway. I started off not very impressed and ended up ready for a relisten!

Oh, and I was pleased with the narrator as well!

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- Alexis "In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!"

Whiny Heroine, Frustrating to Listen to

This book was painful to listen to. I was hoping it would get better and it just didn't. You are forced into a first person narrative with a heroine who is a self absorbed twit. Her only concern is about how everything affects her with no concern what so ever for how her actions affect the people around her. Almost a "poor little rich girl" menatality, but with a loving and caring family instead of an emotionally distant one. She kept proclaiming her adulthood but acting like a surly rebelious teenager. Kept proclaiming her independence and self reliance while mommy and daddy (and yes, she still actullay calls him "Daddy", you can practically hear her whinning it) continue to pay all her bills. I actually checked the author's website, thinking I accidentally bought a young adult book given the main characters obnoxious attitude, but no, she is suppossed to be in her 20's - even still, I know teenagers with more common sense, responsibilty, respect and regard for others - this character is just self absorbed and it was a frustrating read to say the least. Her decison making and reasoning is ridiculous - I found myself shouting epitaphs aloud and exclaiming things like, "Come on, really? Seriously?!". I was actually happy when she got kidnapped because she's an idiot - I just felt bad for the characters that were going to get in trouble because of her selfish choices.

Also, this stroy line is a blatant sponge off of Kelley Armstrong's Bitten, and a poor one at that. Re-read Bitten, and save yourself the money! Another good Were/family dynamic read is Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series and her Alpha & Omega series - both with decent narrators, great plots and enjoyable characters!

"Stray" was a waste of a free credit, and the narrator just sounded much older in voice than a girl of the main charcter's age and attitude, making it even more annoying to listen too.
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- Caren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2007
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.